With A Little Help From Our Friends
Saying thanks for generosity and compassion
Over the years, dozens of community groups and foundations have provided invaluable support to the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York (CCMC)'s departments, programs and projects.
To find out how your group can make a donation or to start your own group, contact Patricia Forgione at 516-465-2562 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view our guidelines for outside groups here
To donate toys or books to CCMC or schedule a special event for the children, contact the Child Life Department at 718-470-3005.
To volunteer your time at CCMC, contact the Volunteer Office at 718-470-7091.
Learn more about these incredible groups and what they're doing to support us:
- Children’s Medical Fund of New York: CMF has been an invaluable friend and champion of CCMC from the very beginning, serving as a driving force behind its founding in 1983. Today CMF remains one of the hospital's most important donors, supporting a variety of medical and psycho-social programs (in particular Child Life & Education Services) as well as life-saving equipment essential to the needs of seriously ill children and their families.
- CA Technologies: In 2005, CA Technologies made a $12 million, 10-year pledge to North Shore-LIJ Health System to establish the CA Technologies Child and Family Activity Resource Center at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. The 5,000–square-foot CA Technologies Child and Family Activity Resource Center is at the heart of the atrium. The 20,000–square-foot glass-domed atrium space provides a quiet respite featuring multifunctional seating areas; an art gallery; and an all-season environment for performances, educational programs, games and other activities.
- Michael Anthony Foundation: Fundraising efforts previously supported critical equipment for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation. The Foundation now raises vital funds for the ongoing expansion of CCMC.
- Daniella Maria Arturi Foundation: Increases awareness of and supports research in Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA), a bone marrow failure disorder for which there is no cure. The Foundation has funded the establishment of the National DBA Registry at CCMC and has successfully collaborated with the NIH and CDC to achieve a multidisciplinary approach between clinical and scientific efforts.
- Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: Each year, CMN raises funds for children’s hospitals across the country. Through numerous special events and fundraising programs, this leading children’s charity provides generous annual support to CCMC.
- CCMC Young Patrons: Network of young professionals dedicated to the mission of CCMC, aiming to unite friends and colleagues in a common goal of making significant annual contributions to the hospital.
- Coins for a Cure: Committed to conquering childhood cancer by raising money for research, education, awareness and support of pediatric cancer patients and their families.
- Discover the Smile: Dedicated to transforming children’s healthcare facilities into magical, child-friendly environments. Discover the Smile works closely with CCMC to support stimulating and creative visual exhibits designed to ease the anxiety of hospitalized children.
- The Billy Fischer Cancer Research Fund: Established in honor of Billy Fischer, who is now cancer-free after battling a life-threatening brain tumor, the fund upholds the belief that every child deserves a cure. All money raised benefits pediatric cancer research at CCMC.
- Friends and Angels: The Tracy Vicere Foundation: Dedicated to helping our young Hematology/Oncology patients.
- John Michael Giordano Fund: Friends and relatives honor John Michael’s memory by raising funds to help to improve and even save the lives of children with cardiology issues.
- The Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc.: Works to improve the quality of life of children with cancer and to provide comfort and support to the families of children suffering from cancer. Their generosity provides the children receiving treatment at CCMC with the bead program, chemo ducks and various age-appropriate books for children with cancer.
- Greek Children's Fund: Assists Greek and Greek-American families in coping with the hospitalization of their children through translation services as well as counseling and financial assistance.
- Jason F. Gruen Research Foundation: Founded by Susan Gruen Helsinger when her son, Jason, died suddenly at school from a heart condition. The Foundation generously supports Pediatric Cardiology.
- Alice B. Haviland Foundation: Dedicated to providing funds and support for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Every year they hold a spectacular golf outing at the Mill Pond Golf Course attended by individuals who want to make a difference and support one of the largest and most advanced NICUs in the United States.
- Honeysuckle Foundation: Emotional support is as critical as clinical treatment for children with cancer or blood disorders. The Honeysuckle Foundation provides substantial funding for the hospital's Psychosocial Program.
- HUGS: Provides leadership funding for CCMC's new Pediatric Emergency Center. This will be the only stand-alone emergency center designed just for children in this region and will offer world-class care in a family-centered, state-of-the-art environment.
- Kiwanis Club: Since 1991, the New York District of Kiwanis International has supported the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center at CCMC. Through a variety of fundraising efforts, Kiwanis has also worked closely with the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Department of Health Education to provide funding for educational, safety and health programs.
- Kohl’s Department Stores: Through its "Kohl’s Cares for Kids" program, Kohl’s has raised millions of dollars to benefit pediatric hospitals including CCMC. Kohl’s has generously supported important CCMC programs such as the Kohl’s Family Resource Center and the Community Outreach Program.
- Andrea Levine Memorial Fund: Every year, the family and friends of Andrea Levine honor her memory with donations to a fund established in her name. The fund supports important initiatives at CCMC such as the Ambulatory Chemotherapy Unit and specialized equipment for Pediatric Ophthalmology.
- Carleigh McCormack Memorial Fund: Supports pediatric cardiology throughout the North Shore-LIJ Health System. In memory of their firstborn child, the McCormack family turned their grief into something positive by creating this fund to help other children with cardiac illnesses.
- Monster's Kids: Affectionately known as "The Monster" for his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame, Tim Goettelmann frequently donates his time and resources to helping young patients at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Goettelmann donated his entire 2010 MLL salary to Monster's Kids, a charitable foundation he created two years ago to benefit sick children.
- NLD for Pediatrics: Provides vital funding for Child Life & Education Services. Comprised of specialists trained in child development, psychology, therapeutic recreation, special education and expressive art therapies, Child Life offers thousands of hospitalized children and their families emotional support and specialized services each year.
- North Beach Club: Started as a social club for employees of LaGuardia Airport, it has grown to host an annual golf outing that raises funds for children’s charities. They currently support the Child Life & Educational Services Program at CCMC.
- Project to Cure: Established with the goal of supporting novel research protocols to investigate malignant brain tumors in children, in the process joining doctors at CCMC with scientists at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. PTC has raised significant funds over the past several years and the scientific results of their efforts are now being noticed internationally.
- Billy Reilly Memorial Fund: Raises money to benefit young cancer patients at CCMC. Billy Reilly was an inspiration to other children coping with cancer, and this important fund, created and supported by Billy’s family and friends, keeps his memory alive.
- SK Children's Charity: Founded in memory of Steve Kaplan, SK Children’s Charity raises funds in support of children’s charities, including CCMC.
- Smiles for Scott: Established to honor the life and memory of Scott Loeb, who passed away from medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer, at the age of 5. The Foundation’s current focus is to support children and their families within the Long Island community, including patients at CCMC.
- South Salem Elementary School: Every year, two teachers at South Salem Elementary School in Port Washington bring together their fifth grade and kindergarten classes to help raise funds for the children at CCMC. Their goal is to teach the children about their community and instill an early belief in giving back.
- Spadafora Christmas House: For the past 19 years, the Spadaforas of North Babylon have begun their Christmas labor of love on Labor Day weekend by assembling holiday lights and designing a magnificent outdoor display. This work is done with one goal in mind: to attract awestruck spectators who then donate funds for sick children at CCMC.
- St. Baldrick’s Foundation: This national charity raises funds and awareness to cure childhood cancer through their support of cancer research and fellowships.
- Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation (NY*NJ*CT Chapter): Funds educational and family activity programs at CCMC and other North Shore-LIJ hospitals.
- Teenok Heart Foundation: Formed in loving memory of Samara Beth Lessner, who was born with cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart defect. Teenok's mission is to offer an extra "breath of life" to existing hospital programs in pediatric cardiology and currently supports the Children's Heart Center at CCMC.
- Tender Loving Care Foundation: Founded by parents of infants who required medical attention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the TLC Foundation is devoted to helping families whose children are in the NICU at CCMC or may one day be in need of neonatal healthcare services.
- TRI-ing for Kids: 2010 marked the third year for TRI-ing for Kids in their quest to raise money for Pediatric Cardiology. Members compete in the Mighty Montauk Triathlon in June, with proceeds benefiting CCMC.
- Variety: Generously funds the Pediatric Cardiology Teaching and Learning Center at CCMC, educating residents, fellows and senior cardiology faculty about the most advanced diagnostic procedures and techniques. Works to improve the quality of life of children with cancer and to provide comfort and support to the families of children suffering from cancer. Their generosity provides the children receiving treatment at CCMC with the bead program, chemo ducks and various age-appropriate books for children with cancer.